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I Have Trichotillomania

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    I'm a seventeen year old guy and.

    ..I have an anxiety disorder known as "trichotillomania". Man, that's a mouthful, huh? It's a type of obsessive compulsive disorder where you obsessively pluck out the hairs on your body, whether it be hair on your head, your arms and legs, your armpits, your pubic hair, your...
    TheDarkestZero TheDarkestZero 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 18, 2015

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 18-21 Mar 24, 2014

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    Okay, so I decided to share my story to share

    my biggest problem Trichotillomania. So basically it is a disease where you pull your hair from any body part whether it's your face or your head. From what I've read it can be due to stress, depression, low self esteem etc. But my case is very particular. So I grew up in a...
    ATrueWish ATrueWish 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2015

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2015

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 48 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    My name is Cameron, I started pulling my hair

    out freshman year and haven't stopped since. I used to have long hair and now I don't have any. ANY like as in it got so bad I shaved it. I've shaved it twice now and last time it didn't work out so well so hopefully this time will go differently. Anyways my point is that I've...
    camerellaaa camerellaaa 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2014

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    What are your triggers

    and signs right before you pull? My triggers are boredom and stress and I usually play with the ends of my hair
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 22-25 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    I have had Trichotillomania

    for approx 25 yrs. I've been doing well for the past year after being put on medicine, but I still get the urge and pull. I always do my eyebrows overly plucked too. But the hair on my head is the other.
    graysmom07 graysmom07 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    I'm 12 years old and I suffer from an ICD

    (impulse control disorder) called trichotillomania. When I was 10 I took a car trip to Idaho and started pulling ingrown knee hairs. I didn't know it was hair but the scientist in me really liked them. My sister than told me it was hair and I slowly began to pull my head...
    trichster7 trichster7 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    You are a strong, beautiful human being.

    You just have a touch of trich. And there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't own you. It doesn't define you. You're still you.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Dec 15, 2015

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    Megsupermario Megsupermario 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    Almost relapsed when I hunt pulled in a day!

    Then I realized and I put my head band on and got my ribbon
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 29

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    Mentorn Media is making a documentary about

    people with compulsions to eat the inedible. We are interested in hearing from anyone who experiences the compulsive eating of non-nutritional substances and items. Whether you eat hair, earth, plaster, sponges, chalk or wood we want to hear your story and how it affects it your...
    Hbourne Hbourne 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Dec 13, 2015

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    Long new fidget ribbon.

    I'm almost bald in one area. So excited to have it grown back!!!
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 28

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13, 2015

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    I've been having troubles with my Trich lately.

    I'm going to be blatantly honest here. I'm 14 years old. I suffer from Trichotillomania and I feel so overwhelmingly alone in this. I have no one to talk to about this. So here's my story. Please don't judge.It started when I was about 10. I was semi-obsessed with my hair. I...
    theoreticals theoreticals 13-15, F 4 Responses May 17, 2015

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    I'm using a fidget toy that's twisted

    and has plastic ends, using this instead of picking at my hair and I hope I can successfully kick this, I try to heal and I fail but this is going to be it. I'm so tired of looking in the mirror at my growing bald spot in the front of my head becoming more noticeable
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 28

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    I have Trichotillomania.

    I've had it since I was 12 and I am now 27. I have had bouts of good days turned weeks quickly followed by one night's worth of complete damage throughout the last fifteen years. I pull my eyelashes and eyebrows and have been over compensating with makeup since high school. I...
    Hojoda Hojoda 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 29

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    This is so screwed up to think considering

    there are people truly going through it but I fantasize about going into a coma for months or years to beat trich. I think about full, thick eyelashes and eyebrows when I wake and not having the urge because the coma broke the habit.
    alxadn alxadn 46-50, F Jan 30

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    I am 27 years old... I have been pulling out my

    eyebrows since I was in high school. I noticed I was picking everytime I would be doing math. I also would pick while watching tv.. I assumed it was a nervous habit and just tried to control myself and stop but I couldn't. I am now a stay at home mom and I still pull out my...
    Kat2kit Kat2kit 26-30 1 Response Dec 2, 2015

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    Have not pulled for 2 weeks,

    not even a single hair. I suddenly got the urge to curb this compulsion this year. This WILL be my year. Soon I won't have to deal with this disorder that's taken over move than a decade of my life. If I can do it, you can too. I believe this can be stopped.
    ghostofthesun ghostofthesun 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 15

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10, 2014

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    I don't have eyelashes anymore.

    I haven't touched the hair on my head, so it's not too noticeable. Regardless, my dad gives me hēll every day. He makes fun of me for it and calls it "self-mutilation".
    randompanda18 randompanda18 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    I find it extremely difficult to not pluck

    or pull out hair from my "down below region" front and back. I don't know why but if I see or feel a hair I struggle so much to not pull or pluck. Is this trichotillomania?
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 46-50 2 days ago

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I had 3/4 of my eyebrows

    when I was your age. Man did I look crazy with only the tips of my eyebrows and little hairs jutting out where the rest of the hair should be. Things were rough because my classmates and friends teased me about it. My parents got on my case everyday and my dad even put tape on...
    Trying99 Trying99 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2015

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    I have this too and on my scalp I have some

    bald spots, luckily my hair is very thick and it covers it up but this isn't good, I'm using head bands and perfumes to stop this. I hate this habit. Wish me luck to kick this! I wish y'all luck too ❤️
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7 16-17, F Jan 28

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    Shaved my hair off again.

    .. My ex friend called me pathetic and I would be better off dead...
    hasbrogrl74 hasbrogrl74 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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